Abe, Trump Begin Talks



Abe, Trump begin talks

The leaders of Japan and the US are sitting down for an official meeting. It's the third day of Donald Trump's state visit to Japan.

Earlier, he became the first foreign head of state to meet Japan's new Emperor who took the throne at the start of the month.



Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako welcomed the President and the First Lady at the Imperial Palace.
It's the most official and prestigious opportunity for any guest to Japan.

In the evening, the Imperial couple will host a state banquet in honor of the Trumps.

The summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump comes amid ongoing negotiations for a trade deal.

Trump has complained about the size of his country's trade deficit with Japan.
Abe is expected to outline Japanese investment in the US and at this point, is unlikely to agree to much more than speeding up talks.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump signaled he's willing to wait for results until after Japan's Upper House elections this summer.

North Korea is also expected to be on the agenda.

Abe is again expected to ask for Trump's support to resolve the issue of abducted Japanese nationals. More than a dozen were taken by North Korean agents in the 70s and 80s.